February 7, 2017
Credits
  • Director: Ate de Jong
  • Producer: Elisar Cabrera, Elliot Grove
  • Screenwriters: Mark Rogers
  • Cast: Edward Akrout, Matt Barber, Megan Maczko, Helen Bradbury
  • Cinematography: Zoran Veljkovic
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART51
  • UPC: 851597006421
  • ISBN: 978-1-939196-73-6
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Language: English
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 90
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
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Over the course of a weekend, a hypnotic home invader explores and exploits the relationship of a suburban, middle class couple. His brutal torture of the husband and seduction of the wife uncovers an uncomfortable truth about their marriage and ultimately acts as a catalyst for extreme liberation.
Reviews

“Genre film fans who enjoy a healthy dollop of alt-sex play slathered throughout their bloody carnage will likely get a big kick out of de Jong’s film. It’s subversive enough to push boundaries, but smart enough not to resort to Skinemax-style softcore parody. And, unlike a lot of “adult” thrillers, it does a better than expected job of showcasing the erotic appeal and genuine artistry of fetish favorites like the intricate Japanese Shibari rope bondage without devolving into camp.

 

The Stuff You Care About: Hot chicksYes; NudityYes; GoreOh yeah; Bad Guys/KillersWell, that’s a complicated answer.” – John W. Allman, Creative Loafing Tampa

 

“An intense eye-opening experience that makes couples’ therapy a cut rate rekindling process…Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey, surfaces deep rooted marital issues in an extreme, hostile manner, bringing to the forefront the versus struggle of adapting or fighting back, and also touches upon the beauty of the overlooked…Megan Maczko strung up and suspended in an inviting position can stimulate a lot of interest.” – ItsBlogginEvil

Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is a remarkable entry to the home invasion concept. The writer and director created a fresh perspective on the theme. There are many compelling aspects to this production. The film did not express BDSM aesthetics with a lack of research. From the Chinese rope bondage to the training all consideration went into delivering a philosophy. Having a personal understanding of BDSM it was of surprise to see a sense of accuracy to the art-form. The violence portrayed in the film is raw and unflinching. Director Ate de Jong avoids over-saturating the production with unnecessary brutality. Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. does well in granting tense filled expositions in its ninety-minute running time. Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is a work of art that accommodates BDSM themes. Infidelity, deceit and a sense of purpose become the thematic subtext to ponder. The narrative coupled with Ate de Jong’s directorial finesse makes this film a must see. – DecayMag

A home invasion shocker with a difference. Deadly Virtues isn’t for the faint hearted, Tom’s torture and mutilation and Alison’s sexual humiliation are frighteningly realistic, but absolutely essential for the plot. There are really powerful performances from Akrout and Maczko, while director Ate de Jong, who also helmed Rik Mayall vehicle Drop Dead Fred, carefully seeds a lot of little clues around the narrative to trigger your imagination, and things don’t always pan out quite how you expect. – HorrorHothouse

“The movie is definitely very dark in tone and not for the squeamish; the torture scenes are certainly squirm-inducing and the sexuality of the characters are handled in a frank no-nonsense manner. The filmmakers don’t shy away from delicate subject matter in the slightest. But as home invasion movies go, this one isn’t quite Brand X. Things don’t happen in ways you would expect and just when you think this is going to be Torture Porn: The Home Edition, things change…it has generated some controversy in England where there were complaints about its treatment of women as well as its portrayal of the BDSM element. This movie definitely has the ability to trigger sexual abuse survivors from all sorts of angles and those who are easily triggered should probably not see this and those who are not should be aware that the potential is there.” – Cinema365

“This film is a button pusher that is going to delight some and scare off many others who simply don’t want to go there.  Recommended for those with a truly adventurous sense of horror.” UnseenFilms

“A disturbing home invasion film especially at the beginning but once it settles in, it becomes an entertaining film with a well-written story and well-developed characters you actually care about…the film wraps it all up neatly with a few twists along the way and a great ending makes this one of the better home invasion films I have seen. I highly recommend checking this out even to those that do not normally watch movies like this. It is filled with drama, mystery, suspense and it contain just enough violence to make it realistic without over doing it. An engaging film from start to finish.” – VideoViews

Deadly Virtues starts as a simple story of a home invasion takes several sharp turns along the way. The look and feel of the film is very polished and professional, which also serves to make the more unsettling scenes particularly startling….it’s a movie that grabs your attention and keeps it. It will also give you one or two more things to be paranoid about, so fair warning.” – TheSlaughteredBird

Deadly Virtues is a genuine subversion of the home invasion sub-genre…It’s a delightful, suspense filled thriller. Strong performances, rounded characters and a tight screenplay by Mark Rogers mean you’re gripped from start to finish.” – BritFlicks

“Here’s a warning: if you react as badly to the first half hour of ‘Deadly Virtues’ as I did stay with it and keep watching. I originally turned the screener off after ten minutes thinking this is exactly the kind of movie I hate. I’m glad I gave it another chance because there’s a lot more going on here than the first thirty minutes would suggest. – MovieRamblings

What starts off as a simple home invasion movie takes on a deeper, more interesting story.” – InfernalCinema

“A home invasion movie unlike any other home invasion movie I’ve seen. Before I get any further into the review, I should warn you that this is a very disturbing film. And by disturbing, I don’t mean graphic gore and violence, though the film has its share. I mean “make your skin crawl, I don’t know if I can keep watching this” disturbing. Deadly Virtues walks a tightrope where any misstep could have resulted in a fall into a one-dimensional BDSM film or torture porn. But it manages to stay firmly on that metaphorical tightrope. I liked Deadly Virtues a lot. But make no mistake. It’s not for everyone. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I give it 4 out of 5 knots.” – HorrorNews

“Deadly Virtues is a horribly and finely nuanced examination of hurt, anger and love hidden in the sheep’s clothing of a home invasion thriller. Be warned that if there is ever a film that should come with a so-called trigger warning, it is this. To say it is fantastic would be to confuse its silences and subdued rhythms with a bombast entirely unlike its tone. Director Ate de Jong’s piece is masterful. Just about every aspect of this film is superb. DEADLY VIRTUES: LOVE. HONOR. OBEY. is not a film for everyone. It is extremely hard to watch in places and the politically correct lobby with undoubtedly be horrified by some of it, but that is the point. The film’s intention is to use a cheap genre staple to show how we allow ourselves to become party to violence. Without this we are left thinking cruelty is something that walks on by outside of our curtains rather than something we may unwittingly lust after inside. It illustrates, with cruel complexity, the emotional ties that truly bind.” – AintItCool

 

Screenings
2014 - London FrightFest
2015 - Whistler Film Festival
2104 - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF)
2015 - Netherlands Film Festival
2015 - Raindance
2015 - Fantasporto
About the Director

Writer, director and producer Ate de Jong was born in 1953 in the Netherlands. He studied at the Film Academy of Amsterdam, studied philosophy and worked as a print journalist until he got his first film job driving a prop van. But he quickly rise up the ranks to directing several Dutch features. In 1986 Hollywood beckoned where his first directing assignment was an episode of “Miami Vice” (starring Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, James Brown and Chris Rock). He followed that up by directing two US feature films: Highway to Hell (starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Gilbert Gotfried and Ben Stiller) and Drop Dead Fred (starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Marsha Mason and Bridget Fonda).

He also directed All Men Are Mortal (starring Stephen Rea, Irene Jacob, Chiara Mastroianni and Marianne Saegebrecht) based on the book of Simone de Beauvoir and the sexy thriller Fogbound (starring Luke Perry and Ben Daniels). He produced Left Luggage (Isabella Rossellini and Maximilian Schell) and The Discovery Of Heaven (Stephen Fry). Since moving back to Amsterdam in 2008 Ate de Jong has become involved in the Dutch Filmfund and acting director of The Binger Filmlab. De Jong also created a radio show for NPR (National Public Radio, has written several novels and a party-games book for children.

Credits
  • Director: Ate de Jong
  • Producer: Elisar Cabrera, Elliot Grove
  • Screenwriters: Mark Rogers
  • Cast: Edward Akrout, Matt Barber, Megan Maczko, Helen Bradbury
  • Cinematography: Zoran Veljkovic
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART51
  • UPC: 851597006421
  • ISBN: 978-1-939196-73-6
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Language: English
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 90
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Gallery